Monday's Racing In Focus!
Monday 12th June 2017
Landofhopeandglory for O'Brien?
Landofhopeandglory was said to have schooled well according to his trainer before he started out on his chase debut at just the age of 4. A 144 rated four year and three figure horse on the flat, a lot of noise was made about this declaration as Irelands newest and most talked about new trainer sets his own path.
O'Brien feels his brave decision is the right one. He added: "I know some people might think it's strange to see a four-year-old heading over fences so soon, but it's not like he's a store horse; he's more like a French four-year-old as he had so much experience on the Flat. We feel he's ready for it.
Landofhopeandglory's first chasing test at Roscommon was not a winning one, as he battled the soft conditions off the pace, at a track notorious for its front running bias, held up by the favourite Townsend making every inch of the running to win in commanding fashion, with Landofhopeandglory making up ground late to finish 4 length fourth. Not the best of result on first view, yet this horses best form has always been on firm ground and all in all, it would have learned a lot for this experience.
With this test on debut against Townshend, already a two-time winner over fences, and Grade 2 hurdle winner looking a tall order. A Handicap snip and a sure bet to back up next time? On a day of average and nothing much too note, the best performance of the day surly lies with the handicap debutant winner at Windsor, Mabs Cross who blitzed a class 4 field from a mark of 74, held up last, met a little trouble in running and had to switch. Then arrived on the scene 2f from home and took it up to win comfortably beating 80+ horses like they were nothing! This would indicate this horse could be a 90+ rated horse and looks a good bet to follow up no matter the race next run. Lightly raced sort this one can go on a run and reach the heights of the high 90's.
Ward in preparation mode as Ascot approaches Americas sprint king Wesley Ward is no stranger to Royal Ascot success and is back again this year. His string will be tacking to the Newmarket track at 9am on Tuesday as they have some final work applied before Ascot next week. The talk already is that the man has a mighty bullet for the Albany! Stay tuned for a heads up on this horse and all of the string in tomorrow's focus.
It's days not weeks now until the greatest show on flat turf Royal Ascot 2017 and bookmakers and punters alike are getting ready to go into battle in there preparation for this years spectacular! 5 days of epic racing action with many people having a view, stat, angle or tip for what is a hugely exciting week of racing!